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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at BUFFALO

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES (15-12-4-3, 37 pts.)
vs.
BUFFALO SABRES (13-16-2-1, 29 pts.)
Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at HSBC Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes return to the road for a two-game trip that begins with a game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. Following the game against the Sabres, Carolina will travel to Pittsburgh, where the Hurricanes will take on the Penguins on Sunday. The Hurricanes are currently riding a three-game win streak since falling to the Sabres at home on Dec. 4.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Dec. 14HSBC Arena11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 15Mellon Arena2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 16Mellon Arena11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: CSN/FSN
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Hurricanes rookie forward Erik Cole tallied a goal and an assist against Florida on Wednesday and is now fifth among all rookies in scoring with 15 points (5g, 10a). The Oswego, NY native leads all rookies and is sixth in the NHL in hits this season with 103. Cole is fourth among rookies in assists (10) and seventh in goals (5).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 9-6-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 6-6-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 19-of-162 (11.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 124-of-156 (79.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Defenseman Aaron Ward missed the Hurricanes’ game vs. FLA (12/12) due to the flu.
Forward Chris Dingman is day-to-day with a knee injury.

CAROLINA / BUFFALO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres meet for the second of four games this season. The two teams will meet again on New Year’s Eve at HSBC Arena and finish their regular season series at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Jan. 29. The Sabres defeated the Hurricanes in the two teams’ first meeting this season 4-2 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The Hurricanes and Sabres split last year’s season series with two wins apiece, each team winning both games at its home arena. Jeff O’Neill was the leading scorer in last year’s season series with five points (2g, 3a) in four games. The Sabres lead the all-time series between the two franchises 75-52-17, including a 33-30-10 advantage on the road and a 42-22-7 advantage in Buffalo.

BUFFALO SABRES NOTES:
The Buffalo Sabres have dropped three consecutive games since defeating the Hurricanes 4-2 on Dec. 4. Buffalo forward Miroslav Satan is currently on a six-game points streak (11/28-12/12: 3g, 5a) and a five game assists streak. Satan is tied for second in the league in short-handed goals with three.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPGATP
24 Kapanen 32171633
92 O’Neill34161329
10 Francis3462228

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso192.298-7-3.921
1 Irbe163.147-8-1.887

BUFFALOGPGATP
81 Satan32131528
17 Dumont32141125
41 Barnes3210 14 24

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
43 Biron292.4113-14-2.905
31 Essensa53.190-3-0.855

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